Gr 10 Up -This well-researched and -written volume looks at the complex lives of the Indians of the Northeast woodlands in the years preceding and just following European contact. The Volos open with an explanation of the difficulties of writing an accurate, objective history when sources are limited to the biased accounts of European settlers and tribal oral histories. They manage to overcome those difficulties, however, creating a richly detailed, well-documented survey that includes descriptions of the environment in which the Indians lived; their family, village, and tribal structures; native spiritual beliefs; and Indian warfare; as well as an examination of the changes brought by contact, trade, and warfare with Europeans. The result is a discussion both nuanced and objective, providing a portrait of peoples who exhibited the virtues and flaws common to all humans. The appendix provides brief overviews of Indian life in other regions within current U.S. borders. The sparse, black-and-white illustrations include medium-quality period illustrations, photos of artifacts, and six appended maps. The book's attention to detail, strong analysis, and limited focus will reward researchers with a wealth of information. Stuart A. Kallen's Native Americans of the Northeast (Gale, 2000) has a lower reading level and more illustrations and is a more user-friendly choice for younger students.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
Family Life in Native America [Family Life through History Series]by James M. Volo
This volume provides insight into the family life of Native Americans of the northeast quadrant of the North American continent and those living in the adjacent coastal and piedmont regions. These Native Americans were among the most familiar to Euro-colonials for more than two centuries. From the tribes of the northeast woodlands came "great hunters, fishermen,
This volume provides insight into the family life of Native Americans of the northeast quadrant of the North American continent and those living in the adjacent coastal and piedmont regions. These Native Americans were among the most familiar to Euro-colonials for more than two centuries. From the tribes of the northeast woodlands came "great hunters, fishermen, farmers and fighters, as well as the most powerful and sophisticated Indian nation north of Mexico [the Iroquois Confederacy].
Meet the Author
JAMES M. VOLO, Ph.D., has been teaching Physics, Physical Science, and Astronomy for the past 39 years. He received his bachelor's from City College in New York, his masters from American Military University, and his doctorate from Berne University. He has taught on the Graduate level for more than 15 years and authored several reference works regarding U.S. military, social, and cultural history. In addition, he has consulted on TV and movie productions. Among his published works are Blue Water Patriots: The American Revolution Afloat (Greenwood, 2006), Daily Life in Civil War America (Greenwood, 1998), Family Life in the 19th Century (Greenwood, 2007), the Popular Culture of the Antebellum Period (Greenwood, 2004), and the Encyclopedia of the Antebellum South (Greenwood, 2000). Several of which were co-authored with his wife Dorothy Denneen Volo. Presently, Dr. Volo teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a math teacher at Norwalk Public Schools in Norwalk, Conn. She is co-author of Family Life in 17th and 18th Century America (Greenwood, 2006), Daily Life during the American Revolution (Greenwood, 2003), and many other Greenwood titles.
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